Although it can't possibly be the most wonderful time of the year, since there's no Lehigh football or Patriot League football teams playing right now, I suppose the next best thing - recruiting period for the next four years of Lehigh football - is in full swing.
My thoughts for Santa pretty much involve the players I think Lehigh needs in the upcoming years, so, as I do every year, here's what I would like Santa to leave under head coach Andy Coen's tree this season.
(No lumps of coal, hopefully.)
1. Dear Santa, please leave under Lehigh's tree some great defensive linemen. Not only does Lehigh graduate four defensive linemen this season, DL Matt Laub, NG Greg Palma, DL Grant Jamgochian and DE D.J. Bourgeois, when healthy three were starters, including one side of the defensive end rotation.
That leaves nine linemen on the current roster, but also leaves a golden opportunity for a great freshman to crack the two-deep. I'd like to see a lot of candidates coming into the class of 2020 here.
2. Dear Santa, please leave under Lehigh's tree some bookend offensive linemen. I know this is almost always a big recruiting area for me, Santa, but we graduate some more good ones this year, like OL Matthew Cohen, OL Matt Ford, OL Stephen Camasta and OL Ryan James. If we can get two of three guys like that to come to Lehigh, guys who enter the two-deep early and work their way into the starting rotation of linemen, that's a great Christmas gift.
3. Dear Santa, a great hybrid running back/fullback would be a real great get for us, especially one that can catch out of the backfield. Junior FB Mackenzie Crawford and junior FB Evan Kauffman have done a good job for Lehigh's offense, but they're going to be seniors next season. Getting another back that can do the dynamic things expected of Lehigh backs will be critical for future success. Santa, one more of these type of guys would be great for when we play Navy on 2018.
Want to ask for one more stocking stuffer? OK, what about a young speed-rushing linebacker that tackles everything headed his way on the outside?